Tyler Walker bagged his 17th league goal this weekend to help Mansfield gain a vital three points against Forest Green Rovers in their push for promotion.
Walker on loan from Nottingham Forest scored in the 69th minute however was controversially sent off in the 97th minute for an altercation with one of the officials.
Walker’s sending off has left Mansfield in the lurch with only one fit first-team striker for this weekend’s game against Cheltenham.
Walker’s two-game suspension is the most recent addition to unavailable players for Manager David Flitcroft to pick from.
Walker joins Danny Rose, Craig Davies and Jordan Graham on the list of unavailable strikers for Saturday’s game against Cheltenham.
Rose, Davies, and Graham all appear to be out till the end of the season with Rose fracturing his Jaw away at Newport. Craig Davies is still recovering from an operation on his ankle and young forward Graham out with a Cartilage Injury.
Walker son of former Nottingham Forest and England Center Back Des Walker has been a prominent figure in the Mansfield side this season with the forward scoring a goal every other game for the Stags.
With Walker suspended and the other forwards injured it now means the pressure lies on former Manchester United Youth player Nicky Ajose.
The on-loan Charlton Forward has played 6 games for the Stags since his January switch and has scored just a solitary goal.
However, Ajose has a goal scoring pedigree with the Bury-born forward scoring 24 goals in 38 games for Swindon Town back in the 2015/16 season.
Ajose needs to get back to firing on all cylinders over the next two games to maintain Mansfield automatic promotion place. With the Stags currently sitting in third place two points ahead of fourth-placed MK Dons.
Mansfield’s next two league games are 17th place Cheltenham Town at home and 22 placed Port Vale who have failed to win in there last 5 league games.
Arguably two great fixtures for Walker to miss with all three clubs languishing near the bottom of the table.
Walker’s suspension could also be a blessing in disguise for the Stags with the forward having time to recharge his batteries and prepare for the visit of top of the table Lincoln City on the 18th of March.
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Written By Tom Langford